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Chris Hoy set to retire from cycling this week

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After adding two more gold medals to his already impressive list career of accomplishments, Britain’s most decorated Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, is likely to announce his retirement from track cycling this week, according to the British Press.

Hoy, 37, has six career golds and one silver in track cycling, and earned back-to-back championships in the team sprint and Keirin disciplines as he led the Brits to a dominant performance on their home track last summer.

“It doesn’t come as a huge surprise, if indeed, he does retire,” BBC Sport’s Jill Douglas opined Monday. “He’s had a long holiday and been busy developing his new bike brand and he will have thought long and hard about any decision he has made.”

The only real surprise is that Hoy, a born Scotsman, won’t compete in the 2014 Commonwealth in his home city of Glasgow next year on the track that was literally named after him. But Hoy has previously said he didn’t want to compete if he doesn’t think he can win, so the fact that he didn’t race in February’s world track cycling championships seems to mean he’s done with competitive cycling.

Seb Coe splits from Nike as IAAF president

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International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe announced in a press conference Thursday that he dropped his sponsorship deal with Nike, according to reports.

He was sponsored by the brand going back to his days as a professional athlete – he won the 1,500m in 1980 and 1984. His role at Nike included acting as an international advisor and campaign ambassador for “Designed to Move,” aimed at tackling lethargy, Sports Illustrated said.

Coe was voted into office as IAAF president in August for a four-year term, but had since been under scrutiny by British media over the potential conflict of interest. Previously, he acted as the head of the London 2012 Olympic Organizing Committee.

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Hamburg voters to decide on 2024 Olympic bid

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HAMBURG, Germany (AP) – Hamburg’s bid for the 2024 Olympics faces a public referendum Sunday among voters in the north German port city.

Organizers hope the bid that has already been submitted to the International Olympic Committee won’t share the same fate as Munich’s proposed candidacy for the 2022 Winter Games. That bid was rejected in a referendum.

German Olympic Sports Confederation president Alfons Hoermann says “we’re giving the baton to the people of Hamburg and Kiel,” referring to the nearby city where sailing events would be held.

More than 40 percent of the 1.3 million people eligible to vote have already done so through a postal ballot.

Hoermann says “the excellent turnout that has emerged shows the Olympic Games project has been taken on by the city.”

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